Mining and mineral beneficiation contributes some 6,5% of South Africa's GDP and is the country's single largest private employer
(500 000 people), with small-scale mining operations also making a significant contribution to employment creation.
Mineral beneficiation has become a major driver in advancing the empowerment of historically disadvantaged communities in this country. It also presents opportunities for the development of new entrepreneurs in both large and small mining industries.
KwaZulu-Natal is endowed with a host of the minerals and metals. The province's coalfields produce largely metallurgical anthracite coal, as well as semi-coking coal products used as a replacement for hard-coking coal, for the steel mills found in KwaZulu-Natal.
The province also boasts mineral and sand mining operations along the north coast, as well as quarrying (limestone, stone and aggregate) activities across the province, inclusive of, especially, the South Coast.